Author Archives: Diana Farr Louis

Diana Farr Louis was born in the Big Apple but has lived in the Big Olive (Athens, Greece) far longer than she ever lived in the US. She was a member of the first Radcliffe class to receive a degree (in English) from Harvard . . . and went to Greece right after graduation, where she lost her heart to the people and the landscape. She spent the next year in Paris, where she learned to eat and cook at Cordon Bleu, and earned her first $15. for writing—a travel piece for The International Herald Tribune. Ever since, travel and food have been among her favorite occupations and preoccupations. She moved to Greece in 1972, found just the right man, and has since contributed to almost every English-language publication in Athens, particularly The Athens News. That ten-year collaboration resulted in two books, Athens and Beyond, 30 Day Trips and Weekends, and Travels in Northern Greece. Wearing her food hat, by no means a toque, she writes for Greek Gourmet Traveler, The Art of Eating and such websites as Elizabeth Boleman-Herring’s www.greecetraveler.com. She is the author of two cookbooks, Prospero’s Kitchen, Mediterranean Cooking of the Ionian Islands from Corfu to Kythera (with June Marinos), and Feasting and Fasting in Crete. Author Photo: Petros Ladas

Oreanthi: Greek Herbal Teas For The Soul

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge “Occasionally, though, doom and gloom act as a gadfly, spurring people into action, into doing something positive to right the balance. The Oreanthi Herbal Tea Collection partnership is an example.”—Diana Farr Louis By Diana Farr Louis  ATHENS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—3/17/2014—What do most people do when they get depressed? Usually, we […]

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A Passion for Gastronomy in Provence

“This was the second column I contributed to Weekly Hubris, and I reprint it here with photos and a recipe in celebration of what is almost the fourth anniversary of our online magazine. I submit it with a huge dose of nostalgia, too, because it commemorates our last trip to France. Greek austerity measures have […]

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Christmas In Athens: An Ancient Greek Remembers

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis “These are the reminiscences of my husband Harilaos, known to some of you as ‘Joy of the People.’ a rough translation of his name. As a very youthful octogenarian, he does not live in the past but I make him tell his stories over and […]

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Sniffing at The Hem of Luxury: The Costa Navarino at Pylos

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis “When at last my number came up, my magic card-key opened the door with a presto gismo, and I entered a suite almost as large as our flat in Kifissia—with two loos, two showers, a glass-top table with four seats, a lovely sofa and two […]

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A Love Story & Getting To Know My Mother: Remembering “Betsy”

A Love Story “It was not like my father to go without dessert. He whose favorite maxim was, ‘A bit of sweet makes the meal complete.’ For a week or so, I’d go straight to my room with a Hershey bar and read myself to sleep. But one evening, I noticed him carrying a plate […]

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A Love Story

 “It was not like my father to go without dessert. He whose favorite maxim was, ‘A bit of sweet makes the meal complete.’ For a week or so, I’d go straight to my room with a Hershey bar and read myself to sleep. But one evening, I noticed him carrying a plate wrapped in a […]

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Traveling With Angels: A Visit to Northern Evia, Part 2

“Candili, named after the mountain above it, is one of the oldest foreign-owned properties in Greece. Formerly named Achmetaga, it was bought by Annabella Byron’s cousin Edward Noel from Hadji Ishmail Bey, an Ottoman pasha, in the 1830s. Lady Byron had dispatched her relative to investigate the circumstances of her mad bad husband’s death in […]

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Tomato

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis “Sometimes it seems as though I’m a summer slave to the pomodoro—so christened by the Italians because the first tomatoes to hit their shores were as yellow as gold but resembled apples. I buy almost more than I can carry for sun-drying, chutneys, and tomato […]

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August Is The Cruellest Month

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis “August is the cruellest month, breeding/Fires out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and despair, stirring/Dry leaves with frantic winds.” T. S. Eliot, “The Wasteland” ANDROS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—9/2/2013— August is the cruellest month, breeding Fires out of the dead land, mixing Memory and despair, stirring Dry […]

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The Way to My Heart

“Alexis Ladas, my first Athenian, was born in 1920, a whole generation before I came into this world on a different continent. By the time he was 24, my age when we met, he’d sailed to Crete in a dinghy with Lawrence Durrell, been arrested as a spy and condemned to death, courted romance in […]

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